Andy Guhl and Norbert Möslang ‘Voice Crack’



01 Voice Crack 1st Part (16:15)
02 Voice Crack 2nd Part (23:22)

Recorded live March 23, 1984
LP released 1984, UHLANG Produktion 03
Andy Guhl & Norbert Möslang: Geknakte Alltagselektronik

There was a time at the begining of the 1990s when Switzerland was raging with noise music thanks to a few activists like the Schimpfluch label or Rudolf Eber aka Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, and Voice Crack were part of that scene. Perhaps not an ‘aural delicacy’ per se, this early ‘Voice Crack’ LP is nonetheless an enjoyable noise-fest, just too intellectual for a Merzbow album. This was the first time the swiss duo of Andy Guhl and Norbert Möslang used the Voice Crack tag, though they were making free-jazz and experimental music together since 1972. A portative ‘Rainforest’, sort of, with its unexpected, aleatoric twists and turns, inspired by Live Electronic Music’s forefathers (Behrman, Tudor et al), this is musique concrète using modified cheap electronic devices like portable radios or calculators, a fair amount of circuit-bending and a live recording strategy. The duo builds disturbing non-euclidian soundscapes full of bursting sounds and parasitic noises that has been described as the music of giant insects. The music has its nice prehistoric moments as well, as if a soundtrack to ‘Entrée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat’ (1895, by Frères Lumière), the first film ever made: a close-up of a train entering a station – the audience was terrified [+].

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5 Responses to “Andy Guhl and Norbert Möslang ‘Voice Crack’”


  1. 1 twinkle October 7, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    that is some nice noise crack!

  2. 2 continuo October 7, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I think Switzerland indubitably deserves to be mentionned in your own ‘Noise (music)’ article – an article being currently mercilessly ravaged and slaughtered by various Wikipedia robots. Did you notice bot ‘Semitransgenic’ is accusing you of vandalism and a ‘Dresden approach‘ to footnotes? Lovely. Don’t give up, Joseph!

  3. 3 twinkle October 8, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    If you would add a Switzerland mention that might be well received.

  4. 4 vlad January 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Hi, it’s possible re-up?

  5. 5 continuo January 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Too old, sorry.


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